Monthly Archives: July 2009

WCHS golf season begins today

Posted on July 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Teeing off. The 2009 WCHS golf season tees off today. Ashley Sherrell is the lone senior on the squad. The 11 remaining golfers on the team are in the freshman and sophomore class.

As the other high school fall sports begin official preseason practice today, the golf teams across the state can start their official 2009 campaigns.
Official team golf practice could begin on July 13th. Even though that was the official start for high school practice, several of the WCHS golfers have spent quite a bit of time on the links this summer either practicing or playing in various tournaments as individuals.
The Warriors and Warriorettes will … Read More

Mary Kate Davis

Posted on July 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Kate Davis, 98, of Spring Harbor, Mich., formerly of Sparta, passed away July 26, 2009, in Spring Harbor.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Unemployment ranks 16th out of 95 counties

Posted on July 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County has once again shown an increase in unemployment with the release of the June rates.
At 15.7 percent, White County is maintaining its position in the top 20 counties with the highest unemployment in the state for June 2009. White County now sits at 16th place.
Unemployment figures since 1973 show the lowest unemployment rate was August 1973 at 3.3 percent. The highest rate for the same time period was April 1982 at 26 percent.
In June 2009, the unemployment rate increased in 84 counties and decreased in eight counties. The rate remained the same in three counties.
The highest rate was Perry County with 22.1

Priceless Design

Posted on July 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live



If you have big design dreams but are working with a small budget, no fear – you don’t have to sacrifice style and professional-looking results.
“When people think about do-it-yourself projects, they automatically think about costly, floor-to-ceiling overhauls,” says designer and contractor Amy Matthews of the DIY Network’s “Sweat Equity” and “Bathroom Renovations.” “However, there are several low-cost projects that homeowners can tackle to freshen up their home’s style and add a punch of personality.”
Try these budget-friendly decorating tips from Matthews to help get you the priceless design you’ve always wanted without breaking the bank.
Shed a little light: Give your kitchen an instant and … Read More

Sheriff addresses dog attack

Posted on July 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Attackers. These two dogs attacked a woman in the Rimrock Mesa subdivision while she was taking her morning walk. State law requires all owners of dogs to be in control of their animals at all times.

The Expositor was contacted by Sheriff Oddie Shoupe about the recent dog attack and his recent appeal to the county commission about banning pit bulls from White County.
“I’m not trying to take people’s dogs away from them,” said Shoupe. “I know what these animals mean to their owners. But something needs to be done because it’s gotten out of hand.”
Shoupe stated, on a daily basis, he sees the dangers of … Read More

Mr. Francis Meagher

Posted on July 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Mr. Francis Meagher, 73, of Sparta, passed away July 24, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Meagher as born Aug. 18, 1935, in Frostburg, Md., to Francis Meagher and Vivian Engels Meagher.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict. He had worked as an over-the-road truck driver for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Cecilia Meagher, of Sparta; son, Michael Meagher, of Pennsylvania; daughter, Patricia Meagher, of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Trevor, Taylor, Rio, Michael, Cheyenne; sister, Deborah Stewart, of Maryland; and five step-children.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m., July 30, … Read More

Bertha B. Sparkman

Posted on July 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bertha B. Sparkman, 86, of Bone Cave, formerly of Quebeck, passed away July 27, 2009, at NHC of McMinnville.

Mrs. Sparkman was born Jan. 10, 1923.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Brian Lee Conley

Posted on July 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Brian Lee Conley, 30, passed away July 23, 2009, at his residence, in Graysville.

Mr. Conley was born May 12, 1979, in Putnam County, to Michael Parks and Kimberly Conley.
Survivors include his parents, Michael and Kimberley Conley Parks, of Quebeck; half brothers, Bobby Michael Parks, Johnny Edward Parks, Bruce Lee Parks, all of Sparta; grandparents, Fred and Mearline Dodson, of Quebeck; aunts, Cathy Lance, of Crossville, Elaine Qualls, of Sparta, Mary Mendoza, of Spencer, Lisa Lytle, of McMinnville, Janie Whitman, of Quebeck; children, Ruby, Douglas, Sara; and several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., July 28, 2009, at Hunter Funeral Home, … Read More

Minimum wage increases to $7.25

Posted on July 27, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Workers who are paid minimum wage will see an increase in their upcoming paychecks after the official hike effective July 24, 2009.
For the third consecutive year, the federal minimum wage has been elevated. Although several states have their own minimum wage standards, Tennessee is one of only five states that do not have a minimum wage. The four remaining states are Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina.
However, several states have a minimum wage standard. Some of the states have higher rates than the federal mandate, some are lower and some are the same as the federal rate. In the event the state’s minimum wage exceeds the … Read More

$44.6 million budget approved for county

Posted on July 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County commissioners have approved the new operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year that was carefully scrutinized to maintain funding at a level similar to 2008/2009.
The final vote was 12-2 in passage of the multi-million-dollar financial plan with the following appropriations:
•General fund, $9,032,539
•Local purpose, $303,000
•Drug control, $60,513
•Highways/public works, $4,415,353
•General debt service, $2,281,355
•Solid waste disposal, $1,398,903
•General purpose school, $25,114,440
•Central cafeteria, $1,948,612
Total appropriations for fiscal year 2009/2010 are $44,554,715. Last year’s appropriations were $44,676,047.
The tax levy has been set at $1.99 per $100 of assessed property value. This is the same figure as last year. The county has … Read More

Warrior football schedule filled with area teams

Posted on July 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The 2009 White County High School football schedule is somewhat of a blend of the present and the past for the Warrior football program.
The ten-game schedule that covers 11 late summer/fall weeks is as varied a schedule as the team has had in years. The realigning of districts left the Warriors with only four district games and six games to fill with non-district teams as opposed to the last few seasons where WCHS has had just three non-region dates.
Those three non-region dates from the past few seasons are now three of the four district contests on the Warrior slate. Cookeville, Cumberland County and Warren County will … Read More

Cookeville man dies after workout

Posted on July 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Michael Hickey, 38, of Cookeville, died July 20, at White County Community Hospital after he quit breathing, at approximately 7 a.m., during a workout at the Sparta YMCA.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, Hickey was working out with a partner at the YMCA when he reportedly became ill and quit breathing.
Personnel with White County Emergency Medical Services performed CPR on Hickey and transported him to WCCH, where he later died.
Guth said foul play is not suspected in the incident, but they began an investigation because the two men were alone, practicing jujitsu, when Hickey became ill.
An autopsy is being performed to determine the … Read More

$200,000 deficit possible for E-911

Posted on July 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Explanation. Mike Kress, attorney for White County E-911 Board of Directors, addresses county commissioners.

Legal counsel for White County E-911 Board of Directors spoke to the county legislative body Monday night with an appeal for restoring funding to the levels provided in 2001.
Mike Kress, attorney for E-911, urge commissioners to consider
Commissioners were scheduled to vote on the budget for 2009/2010. However, Kress said commissioners had an important issue to consider before casting their votes, which was the level of funding for E-911.
“Back in 2004, there was a meeting of the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board,” said Kress. “And at that meeting, some issues were discussed about … Read More

9/10 All Star run comes to an end

Posted on July 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Looking it over. Zack Lynn looks over a pitch during one of the state tournament games for the 9/10 year old baseball all stars.

Working the mound. Trenton Hodges appeared on the mound for at least one batter in each of the three state tournament games for the Sparta 9/10 All Stars. He picked up the lone win despite facing only one batter on Sunday.

Sparta’s 9/10 year old Little League All Star team won their first six games including their opener in the state tournament, but all that success came to an end with a pair of losses eliminating them from competition.
A team that had been … Read More

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